|Also known as:||Diane Youdale Mayhew|
|Born:||February 13, 1970|
Diane Youdale (born 13 February 1970 in Billingham), is an English television personality, who was best known for her role as "Jet" on the television series Gladiators.
Youdale competed in gymnast events and was North of England Junior Gymnastics Champion for four years. She acted with the National Youth Theatre. She studied dance at London Contemporary School for Dance and was a member of the National Youth Dance Company.
Youdale's first television appearance was in the series She-Wolf of London. She appeared on Gladiators from 1992 to 1996, leaving the show after hurting her back in a fall in an unaired show, meaning it was not part of the actual televised shows (her last being series 4 in 1995). She was competing on the Pyramid and fell awkwardly as she tackled a Contender, trapping nerves in her neck. As a consequence of her injury, the Pyramid was suspended for one series - a change in the rules which was adopted into the American remake of Gladiators in 2008.
Youdale developed her young fan base, becoming a children's television presenter as "The Games Mistress" on the video game show series Games World, and as a presenter on the game show series' You Bet! and Finders Keepers.
A bulimic in her teenage years, Youdale trained as a psychotherapist and now conducts Pilates classes at the weekend and develops Personal Trainers by assisting Fitness Agents.Ltd. In April 2007 she appeared on the Trisha Goddard show on Five and in September 2007 she was correctly identified as a Gladiator on the BBC2 quiz show Identity. She also appeared on the Irish TV show The Cafe.
On July 2, 2008 it was announced that Sky have plans to do several years of the revival of hit show Gladiators. Diane Youdale, following an interview with Loaded magazine quotes that "Sky reckon they're going to run it for three to four years so I've said to them why not wait until the last ever episode and then I make my comeback then?" she commented. However that will all depend on how well the show does in the ratings.
On 23 September 2008, she joined BBC Tees to start co-presenting the station's weekday 10am - 1pm programme with Neil Green. She has a long association with the Middlesbrough-based station, her dad Jack Youdale having been the 'in-house' astronomer for its two previous incarnations, BBC Radio Teesside and BBC Radio Cleveland from the start of transmissions the same year Diane was born (31 December 1970).
Diane is a trained Psychotherapist and currently spends her time between her apartment in Middlesbrough and her house in Manchester living with her partner Andy.
- Diane's presenter page on BBC Tees
- Listen to Diane trying her first Parmo - a real Teesside treat
- Details about her live web chats from March 2007